What better way to mark October 7, 2016’s passing of Ford’s Australian manufacturing than to shine the spotlight on some great servants and unsung heroes of the Blue Oval’s recent history.
Legends and stars aplenty
list of confirmed greats for Sunday October 30 is long and distinguished: Rauno Altonen, Trevor Ashby, Kevin Bartlett, Colin Bond, John Bowe, Gary Cooke, Murray Carter, John French, Fred Gibson, John Goss, Allan Grice, Bob Holden, John Leffler, Spencer Martin, Allan Moffat, James Moffat, John McCormack, Scott McLaughlin, Charlie O’Brien, Steve Reed, Jim Richards, Garry Rogers, Barry Seton, Glenn Seton, John Smith, Bob Watson. More stars to be confirmed.
Celica Sports Sedan
field for the inaugural Sports Racing Car Invitational is coming together nicely (see p10 for a list of star cars) and the latest stunner confirmed for these high-speed demonstration sessions is Bruce Gowan’s newly restored Repco V8-powered Toyota Celica Sports Sedan. The car’s creator, John McCormack, will be on hand at Sydney Motorsport Park to chat about this unique beast and the Jaguar XJS Sports Sedan of Mark Trenoweth, which will also hit the track in the SRCI sessions.
TA2 & FT5000
in this issue you can read about the launch of America’s Trans-Am TA2 formula in Australia. Three examples – a Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chev Camaro – will turn demonstration laps at the Masters for the class’s Sydney debut. Meantime, we have all fingers crossed that the eagerly anticipated first public appearance of the prototype FT5000 will occur at SMP on October 30. As AMC closed for press the 560bhp V8 openwheeler was due to be fired up for the first time, ahead of initial testing. All going well, the prototype will hit the track to wow punters at the Masters!
Entry forms now online
forms for race categories and road car displays (Pit Straight Car Club Corral and the Featured Muscle Marques display/parade) are now available online at Sydney Motorsport Park’s ‘competitor portal’. Visit musclecarmasters.com.au for a direct link to the entry forms and fact sheets for the displays. With the 2016 Masters held in the same month Ford wraps up manufacturing in Australia, we’re expecting a big contingent of fast Ford owners to show off their cars. Ditto owners of Brock Commodores and Australian-built Mini Cooper Ss.
John Goss XC
#87’s cover car, the ex-John Goss XC Falcon, will make its Masters race debut in the Heritage Touring Car events. It was restored to its 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 colours over the past year for owner/driver Ed Singleton and rebuilt with racing in the Group C class in mind.